Which of the following url structures is most seo-friendly?

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I'm in the process of launching my blog website and I'm trying to figure out the best URL structure for my website. Here are the options that I'm considering:

1) All articles: "www.example.com/articles". Single Post: "www.example.com/articles/article-slug"

This structure acts like "Breadcrumb", displaying the structure of the site. However, I think the drawback is that it doesn't describe the end point very well, the "article-slug" is an article and not "articles". I'm not sure this is correct, but that's what I think.

2) All articles: "www.example.com/articles". Single Post: "www.example.com/article/article-slug"

This one describes the endpoint of the single post well, but the "breadcrumb" like functionality is lost.

3) All articles: "www.example.com/articles". Single Post: "www.example.com/article-slug"

This is what I've seen in some popular blogs; however, I don't know if this is a good choice in terms of SEO.

Would love your thoughts on this. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author shuvoimtiaz
    Go for All articles: "www.example.com/articles". Single Post: "www.example.com/article-slug" . It will be good option for SEO. I do prefer short URLs for my articles. And it works very well.

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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    None and all of the above. In other words, it doesn't matter at all. Your pages will not rank higher or lower in Google based upon their URL structure or the words in the URL (although if someone links to you and uses the URL as the anchor text, it would have a small effect).

    That said, I find the shortest, simplest URL is the best way to go aesthetically speaking (#3).
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  • #1 is best and #3 is worst.

    After a while, you will start using SEO tools on your website and you would want to view analytics for different segments of your website. For example, you might want to view the performance of your blog separately from the performance of all other pages. To do this, you would need to select only the blog URLs from a list of all the URLs on your website. The easiest way to do this is by adding an URL modifier. For example, telling your SEO tool that you only want to see the URL that contains "blog" in it.

    Now, if you choose options #1 or #2, you can easily do this - you will have an identifyer "articles" / "article".

    But if you choose option #3, you will not have an identifyer.

    With this in mind, it's best for different segments of your website to have unique identifiers in the URL structure - helps with tracking and auditing.

    But in terms of SEO and ranking it doesn't make much difference either way.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    I wouldn't use any of those.

    I would use website.com/category/article-title
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    I would worry more about how my internal links interconnected
    so my content is easily accessible to public and to Bots.
    For example, deep links ain't so effective as url.tld/article-title

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